Chase Whitley

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Chase Whitley
New York Yankees – No. 39
Born: (1989-06-14) June 14, 1989 (age 25)
Ranburne, Alabama
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
May 15, 2014 for the New York Yankees
Career statistics
(through July 3, 2014)
Win–loss record 3–2
Earned run average 2.41
Strikeouts 24

Chase Coleman Whitley (born June 14, 1989) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball.


Whitley graduated from Ranburne High School in 2007.[1] He attended Southern Union State Community College,[2] and then transferred to Troy University. The Yankees drafted Whitley in the 15th round, with the 475th overall selection, of the 2010 Major League Baseball Draft.[3]

Whitley made his professional debut as a relief pitcher for the Staten Island Yankees of the Class A-Short Season New York-Penn League. Serving as the closer for Staten Island,[4] he had a 1.31 earned run average and 15 saves. He was named an All-Star at midseason. In 2011, Whitley pitched for the Tampa Yankees of the Class A-Advanced Florida State League and the Trenton Thunder of the Class AA Eastern League, recording seven saves in 42 appearances. In 2012, he pitched in middle relief for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees of the Class AAA International League. Returning to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in 2013, Whitley had a 3-2 win–loss record and three saves in 29 appearances, five of which were starts.[3]

After pitching primarily as a reliever, Whitley began working as a starting pitcher in 2014.[3] The Yankees promoted Whitley to make his major league debut on May 15 against cross-town rival New York Mets in Citi Field.,[1][5] He faced fellow rookie Jacob deGrom, also making his MLB debut. He pitched 4.2 shutout innings and got one base hit in the Yankees' 1-0 win. It was the also first Yankee game since 1908 in which both starting pitchers were making their MLB debut.[6] Whitley surrendered his first major league home run on June 12 to Logan Morrison of the Seattle Mariners.


Whitley married Brooklyn Elise Herren in December 2010.[7]


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